Grilled Veggies – Part 3: Skewered Onions, Portobellos, & Corn

My grilling posts are probably getting boring, but I’m still having fun learning how to use the grill and make healthy meals for me & the hubster.  This week I tried wooden skewers for the first time and it worked out really well!  No more onion pieces rolling all willy-nilly around the grill.  And as an added bonus, the skewers didn’t burst into flames.

I preheated the grill to HIGH, then cubed 3 onions and put the cubes into a gallon sized Ziploc bag.  I added olive oil, garlic flakes, and seasoned salt, shook the bag up, dumped it out, and skewered the pieces.  I have no idea if I was supposed to soak the wooden skewers in water first, but I didn’t:

cubing the onions to prepare them for grilling        skewering the seasoned onions to prepare them for grilling

I put the onions on the grill first, so they’d be less al dente for hubby:

i put the skewered onions on the grill first to give them a head start

While they were cooking [under a closed lid], I went back inside and opened the 2 packs of portobello mushroom slices I’d bought.  I cut each slice in half, then dumped them into a bag, added olive oil and seasonings, shook it up, dumped it out, and skewered them:

shaking up the sliced portobellos with olive oil & seasonings        skewering the seasoned portobellos to prepare them for grilling

I added the mushroom skewers and 4 ears of corn to the grill.  The onions had been cooking for about 8 minutes already and were starting to get nice and charred:

grilling skewered onions, skewered portobellos, and corn on the cob

After 6 minutes:

grilling skewered onions, skewered portobellos, and corn on the cob

After 6 more minutes:

grilling skewered onions, skewered portobellos, and corn on the cob

After another 7 minutes everything was perfectly done:

grilling skewered onions, skewered portobellos, and corn on the cob

I cut the corn off the cob into bowls, added a bit of butter, and we had a feast:

grilled skewered onions, skewered portobellos, and corn on the cob        grilled skewered onions, skewered portobellos, and corn on the cob

The petunias in our yard are doing really well this summer – they seem to love the heat!

red and purple petunias in our yard

Last week after work we went to Crane Beach in Ipswich [4 miles down the road from us].  The marshes leading to the beach, the boardwalks over the dunes, and the beach itself are so pretty.  We always feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful area:

ipswich marsh near crane beach        ipswich dune boardwalks at crane beach

ipswich dune boardwalks at crane beach        crane beach tents and clouds

This past weekend I drove 40 minutes to visit my parents in Marblehead.  Their condo has a beautiful view of the harbor:

view of marblehead harbor from mom and dad's condo

We had a very nice cookout on their deck with my aunt and uncle.  I hope you’re all enjoying the summer as much as I am!

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9 Comments

  1. It’s past lunchtime here and I’m getting hungrier by the minute looking at your skewers. Grilled onions — yum! Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  2. Been to Crane’s many times in my misspent youth. I had a book about the its natural wonders but it got lost in the Maine move. Beautiful beach!

    • Nine Dark Moons

      Yes it is. I like going after work because it’s not very crowded. Yesterday after work the water was super warm – we spent about 20 minutes cooling off. On the weekends it’s crazy busy, like Singing Beach. I don’t like it when it’s like that!

  3. OK, I got brave and tried grilled eggplant the other day. My reaction: That’s why children don’t like vegetables! 🙂 It’s just not for me. Maybe eggplant parm would be better. Anything is better with cheese! But thanks for inspiring us to try something new.
    I like putting veggies on bamboo skewers, too … with shrimp!

    • Nine Dark Moons

      Yay for trying eggplant! I’m proud of you 🙂
      Skewers are fun – I’m thinking about other stuff to spear. Shrimps… yum!

  4. Your grilled veggie dinner look so incredibly good – I think we have to duplicate that next weekend.
    Love your pictures of your beach – what a fascinating and beautiful town you two live in.
    We’re all so lucky to live on the North Shore – without a doubt it’s one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

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